Lisa, one of my faithful readers, and a good friend, sent me a link to an article that absolutely blew me away! It seems that the "Digital Pill" has arrived.
This article announced that the FDA had approved the use of the 1 square millimeter device (the size of a grain of sand), which it believes will "shift the care paradigm" into an era of digital medicine. Proteus Digital Health, Inc. is the name of the company that has designed and produced this "digital sensor". According to Proteus' official announcement, “The FDA validation represents a major milestone in digital medicine. Directly digitizing pills, for the first time, in conjunction with our wireless infrastructure, may prove to be the new standard for influencing medication adherence (my emphasis) and significantly aid chronic disease management." Are you wondering what that could possibly mean? According to GreenMedInfo.com, this is what it means: The aim of the "ingestible sensor" is to electronically verify patient compliance in taking the medication. In other words, this little pill gives the government access to your body! And what if it is determined that you are not "complying"? What then?
I'm sorry, but I have lost my trust in companies that seek to become a "business model" at the expense of my privacy. And do you really think this was designed so that the patient could manage his/her own health care?
What's to keep this nifty little invention from being integrated into any of your medications (without your knowledge!) and allowing the government to monitor if you are taking your medicine like a good little citizen should? It seems to me that it is only one small step to a panel determining that you are not following some medical protocol that a government bureaucrat has determined, sidestepping your private doctor (if they even exist in the near future) and deciding that you no longer meet the guidelines for receiving care.
Some other interesting facts about this company is that Bill and Melinda Gates are listed as founding partners in the company. They certainly have their fingers in a lot of green/global projects recently. And obviously, the commercial and global possibilities for such a device are infinite. Which doesn't surprise me ... considering the governments interest in GMO foods, new transfer methods for vaccines, and other highly questionable technological advancements to supposedly reduce suffering. Is mercy their aim ..... or money?
Decide for yourself. According to a 2008 article published in Pharma Marketing News, "it was estimated that an 18% improvement in compliance would translate into increased revenues of approximately $8000 per patient a year." Where would that money go? Follow the trail, and I bet you will find the REAL beneficiaries of this grand new technology.
Oh, and by the way, the name Proteus is taken from Greek mythology. Proteus was the son of the sea-god Poseidon. And what were his characteristics? He was elusive, changeable, and "capable of assuming many forms." Sounds like the perfect name for a company that presents itself on the cutting edge of medicine, with only better patient care in mind. Sure, you are supposed to have to give your consent to take this grain of sand buried in your heart pill. But who is to say how it will actually be used? This technology will be the death of us all!
Psalm 35:24-26 "Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God; do not let them gloat over me. Do not let them think, 'Aha, just what we wanted!' or say, 'We have swallowed him up.' May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace."